Tires rotate on the road a lot every time they’re driven, so what do people mean when they talk about a tire rotation? And how often should you rotate your tires? A tire rotation is when the four wheels of a car are removed and moved to a different position. This simple job makes a big difference in how long the tires last and even has a safety benefit, which makes it an absolute must for all car owners. If you’re curious about how often you should rotate your tires and why then you’re in the right place.
Is Tire Rotation Necessary?
Yes, tire rotation is a necessary part of vehicle maintenance. Your tires wear differently based on which wheels are driven by the engine and transmission, which could be just the front wheels, just the rear wheels, or some variation of all four, depending on your vehicle. No matter which wheels are driven, rotating the tires regularly maximizes comfort, safety, and how long your tires last. All of these benefits add up to a better car ownership experience, which is part of why it’s so important to get it done regularly.
How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?
For most drivers, tires should be rotated every 5,000-8,000 miles. Regardless of miles, it’s a good idea to rotate your tires at least once every six months.
It’s a good idea to check your tread depth at around 5,000 miles, or more often if you really want to play it safe. If the tread depth of your front tires is drastically different from that of your rear tires, or vice versa, then it’s time to rotate the tires. If the difference is minor or not even noticeable, you can go a while longer between tire rotations.
You can check your tread depth with a special little tool you can pick up at any auto parts store that fits in your glove box, or you could use a penny. Put the penny in the middle tread of your tire upside-down, see how far up President Lincoln’s head the tire goes, and visually compare that depth to the rest of your tires.
When in doubt — or if you haven’t been keeping track of how many miles you’ve driven since your last tire rotation — it’s a good idea to get a tire rotation every time you get an oil change. It can save you an extra trip to the shop if you get the two jobs done at the same time.
When you would like to have your tires rotated give us a call at Kingdom Auto Repair, we can schedule your tire rotation maintenance and get you back on the road in a jiffy!